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July 26, 2021

Our top picks for rosé this summer

They’re back on the shelves, and in delicious supply


A selection of rosé from Assorted Table Wine Shoppe. Kristen Wile/UP

In April, we shared with you why rosés were slow to arrive on the shelves this year: tariffs, shipping backlogs, and trucking delays, among other reasons. The availability of product has improved greatly since then. I am seeing sections of pink wines all across the city, making me smile. I drink rosé all year as I find it is a very versatile wine for food pairing, and with a good chill on it, it is a great “5 o’clock somewhere” pour. The list below is diverse in color and price – generally, I look for rosés that are under $20; this list includes a few that are just a bit higher in price because the extra few dollars really did produce an impressive jump in quality.

Brunn 2019 Blauer Zweigelt Rosé Austria

Foxcroft Wine Co., $16.99/liter
Zweigelt is an Austrian grape that yields red wines with the body of a pinot noir, but more fruit on the nose and palate. This rosé has a light sweetness on the back palate, balanced acidity, and notes of strawberry and pink roses. It is a great value as it is a liter of wine with a bottle cap closure.

 

L’Oliveto 2020 Rosé of Pinot Noir, Russian River, Calif.

Whole Foods South Park, $15.99
Lively nose of strawberry and mineral, crisp, dry, refreshing palate.

 

Agenais 2020 White Label by Mary Taylor 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, Southwest France

Assorted Table Wine Shoppe, $11.99
The nose is white flowers and lime with light tannins, blackberry, and medium+ body by winemaker Christophe Avi. The cabernet grape skins give this wine a deep pink hue.

 

Larme en Rose 2019 Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedré, Southern France

winestore, $9.99
Very pale pink, crisp acidity, notes of melon and strawberry. This zippy wine will pair well with your summer salads and pasta dishes.

 

Chateau Saint Nabor Gris de Nabor Rosé, 2020 Grenache, Cinsault, Tempranillo, Southern Rhone, France

Foxcroft Wine Co., $14.99
A wine by sixth-generation winemakers who practice sustainable farming and have 35-40 year old vines that are low yield and hand-harvested. The tempranillo grape is very unusual in France, and it adds a nice note of blueberry on the palate.

 

Ponte Vinho Verde Rosé 2019

Foxcroft Wine Co., $14.99
Very delicate wine, packed with strawberry notes and a bit of spritz. Take this wine on your next picnic or beach trip — it sings of summer.

 

Domaine Dupeuble 2019 Beaujolais Rosé, France

Petit Philippe, $19
Medium pink wine made from the gamay grape, with sweet cherry, strawberry and savory notes that would work well with grilled chicken, salmon, ribs, and roasted veggies.

 

Lucy 2020 Rosé of Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands, Calif.

Petit Philippe, $23
The Pisone Family makes a small batch of rosé every year from their award winning Pinot Noir grapes. This wine has strawberry and watermelon on the nose, balanced acidity and beautiful packaging. $1 of every bottle sold is donated to breast cancer research.

 

Alma de Cattleya 2020 Sonoma County Rosé of Pinot Noir

Petit Philippe, $25
Intense flavors and aroma of very ripe red berries and citrus. Winemaker Bibiana hails from Columbia, where the country’s national flower is the Cattleya. This wine is made in the Saignée method, which uses cold temperature fermentation and adds some red pinot noir juice slowly to the wine to give it color.

 

Philippe Girard 2020 Sancerre Rosé, Loire Valley, France

winestore, $22
Made from Pinot Noir, this wine is a deep pink with savory notes, bing cherry aroma, and a hint of bitterness on the finish. Good wine with burgers, ribs, hearty fare.

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